Octarphin--Nonopioid Peptide of the Opioid Origin
The data on the properties and mechanism of action of the peptide octarphin (TPLVTLFK, the fragment 12-19 of β-endorphin)--a selective agonist of nonopioid (insensitive to the action of the opioid antagonist naloxone) β-endorphin receptor found on n immune cells (peritoneal macrophages, T and B lymphocytes of spleen and blood), endocrine (adrenal cortex, hypothalamus), cardiovascular (cardiomyocytes) systems are analyzed and systematized. Binding to the receptor octarphin increases increases the mitogen-induced pro- liferation of human and mouse T and B lymphocytes in vitro, activates murine peritoneal macrophages in vitro and in vivo, stimulates growth of human T-lymphoblast cell lines Jurkat and MT-4, inhibits adenylate cyclase activity of rat adrenal cortex membranes and suppresses the secretion of glucocorticoids from the adrenal gland into the blood. It was shown that in a concentration range of 1-1000 nM the peptide increases the activity of inducible NO-synthase (iNOS), and the content of NO and cGMP in lipopolysaccharide-activated murine peritoneal macrophages. Taking into account that NO acts as a primary activator of soluble guanylate cyclase (sGC), it can be assumed that the activating effect of octarphin on macrophages is realized in the following way: increase in th iNOS expression -- increase in the NO production -- increase in the sGC activity -- increase in intracellular levels of cGMP.